MANILA, Philippines – Petro Gazz and Creamline concur that the outcome of Game 2 of the Premier Volleyball League All Filipino Conference Finals would depend on which team enters the match with the proper attitude given the short amount of time they have to prepare and make adjustments.
Oliver Almadro, coach of the Petro Gazz, stated after the Angels’ thrilling 25 to 22, 24 to 26, 25-23, 26 to 24 victory over the Petro Gazz in the first game of their best-of-three series in front of 11,532 spectators at the Pasay Arena on Sunday, “Prepare the mindset, prepare the body, and everything follows.”
The multi-talented trainer bemoaned his charges’ irregular outing and emphasized the necessity for them to concentrate on avoiding making simple mistakes in serve and net touch, among other things.
The match-winning net violation, which the Angels capitalized on after the Cool Smashers committed 22 errors, considerably diminished the impact of the enthralling clash, which was marked by ferocious attacks, digs, and everything else.
Meneses, though, downplayed their final gaffe, which cost Petro Gazz a critical point on a net touch challenge, saying: “Breaks of the game, but we did not lose because of that, we had many lapses, lots of errors.”
Yet, the two-time PVL champion coach is still optimistic about his team’s chances as they try to give it their best to force a decisive game and keep the series alive in order to compete in the league’s signature competition, which is run by Sports Vision.
Expect playmaker Jia de Guzman, Tots Carlos, Jema Galanza, Ced Domingo, and Michele Gumabao to step up their offensive play, and the rest of the team to support them with tough floor defense and coverage to keep the pressure on the defending Reinforced Conference champions.
Yet the fired-up Angels are eager to defeat their multi-champion opponents as they seek for their first All-Filipino trophy after winning two titles in the import-heavy competitions, notably in the finals against the Cignal HD Spikers in December of last year.
On their strategy for combat, Almadro said, “Follow the game plan, and show the character, teamwork, and appropriate attitude.” He is anticipated to once more rely on her brave team, which consists of top middle MJ Phillips and Djanel Cheng, top middle Grethcel Soltones, Jonah Sabete, Aiza Pontillas, Remy Palma, and top middle Jonah Sabete, who were instrumental in the Angels’ unexpected Game One victory.
But we need to be ready, and that’s the most crucial thing. Almadro, who needs one more victory to win his maiden PVL title, described Creamline as “a mature, cohesive team.” They are a formidable team and the tournament’s Goliaths. We simply ask the Lord, “May we be David?”
When the best-of-three series between F2 Logistics and PLDT begins at 4 p.m., the company also aims for a victory. In an effort to build on their triumph in Game One (20 to 25, 25 to 22, 25 to 18, 25 to 17), the Cargo Movers.